The Noise, Noise, Noise, Noise! And….
By Mary Lindow
Our world today has seen a dramatic spike in what psychologists call ‘anxiety disorders’.
Many who struggle with these conditions wrestle with trusting, with uncertainty, with not having control. Not all who struggle with fear and worry, however, have a “disorder,” for such struggle is
universal and comes with living in the world.
There are many secular treatments and potential remedies for anxiety. As Christians we have all these, and much more, at our disposal in our fight against
fear and anxiety.
To the challenge of not having control, we have the ultimate answer and solution: God is in control.
Those who deny God’s
existence or who do not turn to Him in their lives, deny themselves the greatest treatment for fear, anxiety, worry and doubt. Our God offers us something that the world cannot give us, and that is His Peace.
The Peace of God, and fear or anxiety, cannot coexist. Fear, doubt, and mistrust are of the devil.
As Christians, we may fluctuate with having and preserving God’s peace inside us,
only to lose our focus on God and become filled with fear and doubt.
It is a struggle, but there are steps one can take to obtain and preserve the peace of God in our hearts.
Indeed, the peace of God must be desired, pursued, and maintained.
The world in which we live is an anxious one, raging with fear and doubt!
markets rise and fall, employment fluctuates, conflicts erupt in unexpected places, and each year seems to bring a threat of some new virus that threatens mankind.
We are all continuously faced with events
outside of our control. As time passes the future takes on greater uncertainty.
Truly, it is often our struggle with uncertainty that plagues our spiritual life and gives birth to fear and worry.
In the Gospel of John, our Lord tells us during the Last Supper, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; . . . not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
God’s peace is real and tangible. It is there for all who desire it.
Jesus posits His peace as the opposite of fear, and says that His peace counters
fear and a troubled heart.
We also know that God’s peace has qualities to it that are beautifully protective .
Paul writes in Philippians 4:7, “And [may] the peace of
God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your minds and hearts through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
God’s peace is a gift of God and part of His grace. The peace of God is more than just
a mere feeling, it is something given to those who genuinely desire God and a life in communion with Him.
The peace of God comes from continual awareness of God, of His presence, and from communion with
Him through prayer.
It is a quiet contentment and joy that comes from knowing that God is present. To define God’s peace completely, however, would be an impossible feat, as confirmed by the
Prayer is the single most important activity we can do to obtain the peace of God inside of us, and to reacquire it if lost.
go into our room, close the door, and genuinely seek God, we are opening ourselves for an encounter with the peace of God.
Our God is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. The events
in the world and at times even in our lives may seem chaotic and out of control, but they are not, for there is a beginning and an end.
He is in control. When we bring ourselves into contact and
dialogue with God, we are bringing balance and stability into our lives.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
” THE MESSENGER ” ~ Mary Lindow